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beanco
May 23rd, 2008, 04:00 PM
the kids will be in the USA this summer.

all things electronic are far cheaper there than here.


they would like to buy a lpatop while there.

what would you get if you wanted to run ubuntu on it?


they are teenagers, 15 and 14, no gaming really, jut iwternet socializign and film-music editing.


plus school homework of course.


robi

mitar
May 23rd, 2008, 04:14 PM
I have HP dv6000 dual core. I bought it for about $600. it's ok laptop. I use it for architecture stuff mostly (it runs autocad, blender, rhino very well), but I also work a lot on the internet and OpenOffice. Many people will probably tell you not to get HP, but I had no problems with it so far (except the fact that I could not install Windows XP over Vista. drivers could not have been found). I've heard positively about Dell and Toshiba, too.

Soldierboy
May 23rd, 2008, 04:16 PM
For linux compatibility, you can't go wrong with Thinkpads or Dell's Ubuntu line.

shrimphead
May 23rd, 2008, 04:22 PM
I'm rocking a MacBook at the moment, it's a first Gen Core Duo one though so I'm not sure how the compatibility has changed in recent models but everything is supported for me including the things that normally give hassle like wireless/compiz + suspend to Ram.

The wireless drivers are non free though (Boo!!) and so taint the kernel. Everything else is open.

roe_polak
May 23rd, 2008, 04:35 PM
For linux compatibility, you can't go wrong with Thinkpads or Dell's Ubuntu line.

I would say a Thinkpad too. They are a bit pricey but sturdy and offers great compatibility with Ubuntu and Linux in general. A Thinkpad can handle numerous careless beatings.

LinuxTechnology
May 23rd, 2008, 05:20 PM
I pretty much agree with user roe_polak. If weight isn't an issue, use a Thinkpad or get one of HP's computers. An Asus Eee PC would be helpful, too. They're pretty powerful, light and cheap, offering basic access for typing word documents, internet access, etc.

scottslinux
May 23rd, 2008, 05:29 PM
I am writing this reply from my T41 Thinkpad. For Linux compatibility and overall usefullness you cannot go wrong. I purchased this computer in the last eight months for about 500.00. I have owned a couple of sony Vaios, a toshiba and a Mac Book. They were all descent machines but the thinkpad is much better.
I am sure that the new Thinkpads are even better than this generation. Running kubuntu 7.1. Hardy had several issues on this machine so I am waiting for more of the kinks to be worked out.

Scott

reeseslover531
May 23rd, 2008, 05:30 PM
The thinkpads are really nice, but so are the dell ubuntu laptops, especially the m1330. It really is a very nice laptop.

shrimphead
May 23rd, 2008, 05:33 PM
+1 for the m1330 they are lovely machines, 13" is a great form factor too.

I've also been a huge fan of the Thinkpad X series, my old X31 was the most reliable machine I ever owned.

The Dell Business machines are good as well, I had a Latitude D620 which was reliable and solid as a rock. But they are big (14" Widescreen, I like smaller form factor) and they are heavy, even for the size.

Het Irv
May 23rd, 2008, 05:34 PM
I am running Ubuntu from a HP Compaq 6720s. WORKS STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOX. I didn't have to configure any drivers or hardware. And with a Dual-Core and a gig of ram, its the fastest computer I have. (It came with Vista which is still on it.... but not used at all.)

Widescreen as well.... I don't like using other computers now, even ones with Ubuntu.

EnergySamus
May 23rd, 2008, 05:34 PM
Dell's Ubuntu PCs are cool, but if you are looking for Windows, get the Dell Inspiron 1420 (from $600-$1,000)


EnergySamus

The Tronyx
May 23rd, 2008, 05:37 PM
The Thinkpads are nice, but I would be sure to stay away from Toshibas. That is just my opinion but I have had quite a hard time with mine.

Steve413z
May 23rd, 2008, 05:46 PM
the kids will be in the USA this summer.

all things electronic are far cheaper there than here.



stop making fun our devalued dollar!

damn Federal Reserve System (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5232639329002339531)....


anyway, I recommend a ThinkPad, but usually you have to order those anyway, and they are usually shipped directly from hong kong

Steve413z
May 23rd, 2008, 05:48 PM
The Thinkpads are nice, but I would be sure to stay away from Toshibas. That is just my opinion but I have had quite a hard time with mine.


Agree and Agree

I had nothing but problems with my last Toshiba, and they treated me like absolute crap to get warranty work done, and I couldn't return it. I'll never do business with Toshiba again

Steve413z
May 23rd, 2008, 05:50 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_WLAN_channels

Also, be aware, if you buy a wifi device in the United States or Canada, it might not work properly in other parts of the world.

grikdog
May 23rd, 2008, 05:50 PM
Dell Inspiron 1525. I ordered it without extra stuff (no Office, no Office-like come-ons). This one runs Windows Vista SP1 for family, and Hardy Heron for me. Can't complain!

Steve413z
May 23rd, 2008, 05:52 PM
not to mention the electrical system MIGHT be difforent, i'm not sure what country you are from

shrimphead
May 23rd, 2008, 05:52 PM
stop making fun our devalued dollar!


<offtopic> Pfft, stuff's always cheaper in the US than where I am (UK) devalued dollar or not</offtopic>

justifier
May 23rd, 2008, 05:52 PM
i wouldnt recomend a HP dv6000 range, all other HPs are fine just the dv6000 range have a tendancy to have screen issues where the motherboard has to be replaced. ( ideal with all the customer repairs in store and 99% of HPs that need repairing are dv6000, with the screen error)

hope this helps

stchman
May 23rd, 2008, 06:01 PM
Toshiba laptops are really compatible.

Find a laptop that says Intel Centrino. They are very Linux compatible.

stalkier
May 23rd, 2008, 06:04 PM
I dual-boot from a Compaq Presario V2000 series. It has 120GB hdd, 1.5GB DDR, ATI 200M 128MB grphics card, WiFi etc. Runs Ubuntu 8.04 very nicely. No issues. Of course it is an older model. Any Compaq/HP laptop would work fine. Makes sure you get one with at least a dual-core and decent DDR2 and a good size hdd. That way you eon't have to upgrade anytime soon.

The Asus Eee PC looks very promising but lacks a optical drive. Cost of that system runs $300 something for the 4G model. Pretty nice laptop and only weighs 2lbs.